Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD) - Linkage

Sept. 16 - Sept. 19, 2019
Palm Desert, CA

Purposeful Leadership. Powerful Impact.

Great leadership is Purposeful Leadership®: Transform your organization’s leadership capabilities by coming together at GILD.

Leaders who commit to leading purposefully have lasting impact on their teams and organizations. Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development® is a fundamental step in the journey of becoming a purposeful leader.

Our research, inclusive of over 100,000 leaders worldwide, revealed that purposeful leaders commit to a lifelong journey centered on five critical commitments. GILD participants experience the five commitments through a combination of 360⁰ assessment, small-group learning sessions, world-class faculty, one-on-one coaching, and an Individual Development Plan. This unique combination of learning elements encourages authenticity and introspection, and is facilitated in a way that requires every leader to be fully present.

Organizations that build stronger leaders and better results approach the GILD investment as a part of a broader leadership development solution. If you’re looking to empower the leaders in your organization who are ready to change the game—and redefine what’s possible and what’s next—consider joining the hundreds of organizations worldwide who have partnered with Linkage to create a customized, immersive learning leadership journey. Learn more

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Best of #LinkageGILD 2018 Keynote Highlights 

This highlight summary captures leadership insights from our faculty that are too good not to share.

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Senior Executive Leadership Forum: An Exclusive Offering 

Upgrade your Institute experience by taking part in closed-session roundtable conversations with our GILD faculty. The Senior Executive Leadership (SEL) Forum is a rare opportunity for a small group of senior leaders to learn from one another while addressing their most pressing leadership questions. Participation is limited to the first 20 qualified participants. 

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Expand Your Institute Experience with Extended Coaching Post GILD

Many organizations engage Linkage coaches after GILD to accelerate individual change and personal growth. When you combine the immersive Institute experience with Linkage’s signature coaching process, your leaders experience true transformation—and can turn their intentions into action.  Our coaching options add rigor and focus to the development process—and give your leaders an objective counsel to help them successfully navigate the day-to-day challenges of leading. 

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Meet Us in Singapore at GILD Asia | July 8-12, 2019

The Institute is returning to Singapore for the third consecutive year on July 8-12, 2019. Join world-renowned thought leaders as they take center stage to inspire and challenge you to lead at your very best.

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GILD Attendee Pie Chart

The Global Institute for Leadership Development attendees range from high-potential emerging leaders to seasoned C-suite executives.

Depending on your level, your experience will be tailored just for you. Our world-class faculty is comprised of a blend of current and past CEOs, best-selling authors, humanitarians, renowned educators, and expert coaches and facilitators.

“I … walked away reinvigorated about my purpose of helping organizations embrace the importance of great leadership. Warren Bennis was an incredible inspiration to me in graduate school and the reason why I dedicated my career to organizational development. His spirit lives on at GILD through the combining of several vital elements that truly transform individuals’ mindsets of how great leaders think and act to create meaningful impact.”

―Jackie Fitzgerald, Director, Executive Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of America




Leadership Assessment

Before GILD begins, you will complete Linkage’s 360° Purposeful Leadership Assessment™, a multidimensional tool that measures leaders in the five commitments that differentiate purposeful leaders. This tool is the culmination of research from more than 100,000 leaders worldwide.

It assesses both the internal development of a leader—how he or she personally responds to situations and manages himself or herself— and the leader’s impact on the organization and his or her team members.


One-on-One Coaching

Based on your Purposeful Leadership® Assessment results, an expert coach will work with you one-on-one to explore your leadership strengths and opportunities, and to build an action plan to turn potential into advancement and results.

You’ll meet with your personal coach for a 90-minute, in-person coaching session. Following GILD, you’ll connect virtually for two additional coaching sessions. This follow-up is critical to your on-going development and measuring your progress.


Leadership Lessons from Experts

At the heart of GILD is our core learning curriculum, filled with world-class instruction, led by more than 50 leadership experts from around the globe, comprised of a blend of current and past CEOs, best-selling authors, humanitarians, renowned educators, and expert coaches and facilitators.


Inspire and Be Inspired

Beyond networking and meeting new people, you’ll join a facilitator-led learning team with 15-18 other leaders, meeting for a daily “download” and learning exchange. You’ll discuss the day’s faculty lineup and session topics, share personal experiences, and talk about how these lessons relate to your challenges and opportunities as a leader.

Also, as a participant, you’ll get to choose from seven off-site and on-property excursions for a rare opportunity to soak in all that Palm Desert has to offer—while building rapport with your learning team, reflecting on salient leadership themes and creating a network of trusted advisors focused on creating impact. View our GILD 2019 Excursions brochure for details on this year's new and exciting options.


Continue Your Development Beyond GILD

Make use of your 360° results and leverage the tools and new approaches you’ve learned. Stay in touch with contacts you’ve met at the Institute. Plus, take advantage of your follow-up coaching sessions and access to Linkage's Leader for Life™. And make sure to visit our resource page for ongoing thought leadership from Linkage and our faculty members.

If your organization is interested in a customized leadership development solution that integrates GILD with additional leadership development experiences, contact us at +1.781.402.5555 or click here to learn more.

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Mark Hannum

Mark Hannum

Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Linkage

Mark Hannum is Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Linkage. He partners with clients to create better business results that incorporate both organizational justice and effectiveness. An organization development consultant by training, Mark’s focus has been on understanding and improving executive processes and decision making. Through his work with executive teams, leadership teams, and shared services organizations, his clients have credited him with helping them manage through difficult risks, improve business operations, lead and coach through acquisitions and integrations, and take advantage of growth opportunities.

Carla Harris

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; Author

Carla Harris is Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. In August 2013, Carla was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. Carla’s passion lies in helping others. As she says, “We are blessed, so that we can be a blessing to others.” “Carla’s Pearls” have become the centerpiece for her many speeches and television appearances. She is a gospel recording artist and a popular public speaker who gives impactful career guidance to corporate audiences based on her book Expect to Win.

Tom Kolditz

Tom Kolditz

Author; Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders

Thomas Kolditz is a leadership speaker and expert, retired Brigadier General, author, and  Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. Kolditz has served 34 years in the military and is the author of In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It, which was based on more than 175 interviews taken on the ground in Iraq during combat operations. He has been named a top leadership Thought Leader by the Leader to Leader Institute, and has appeared as an expert on more than a dozen national and international news agencies, including ABC World News, 20-20, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, CBS, Calgary Today, and Morning Ireland.

Richard Leider

Richard Leider

Founder & Chair, Inventure Group; Author

Richard Leider, founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, is one of America’s preeminent executive-life coaches. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.” For more than four decades, Richard has pioneered the way we unlock purpose—both at work and at home. From fast-growing start-ups to established organizations, universities, summits and conferences, his message has taken him as a speaker to all 50 states, Canada, and four continents. Richard has written 10 books, including three bestsellers, which have sold over one million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. 

Jennifer McCollum

Jennifer McCollum

CEO, Linkage

Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, where she oversees the strategic direction and global operations of the Burlington, MA-based company. She has 20 years of experience building and leading businesses in the leadership space, with a focus on leadership development, assessment and analytics. Her area of expertise includes bringing analytic rigor to critical talent decisions by linking leadership behavior to corporate performance outcomes. The products she and her teams have built help global organizations across industries make the right bets on their current and future leaders at critical decision points: at time of hire, and when identifying high potentials, developing leaders and planning for succession.

Nando Parrado

Nando Parrado

Survivor, 1972 Andes Mountain Plane Crash; Author

In 1972, Nando Parrado and his teammates were traveling to Chile to participate in an international rugby exhibition. Their flight never arrived at its destination; it tragically crashed at 18,000 feet in the Cordillera de los Andes. Nando survived for 72 days and found his way out of the Andes after an 11-day snowy trek through the mountains with his friend Roberto Canessa. Soon after the rescue, both survivors worked with Piers Paul Read to write the bestseller, Alive. Twenty years later, Nando served as the technical advisor in the production of the film, Alive. Today, he is the President of Seler Parrado S.A., the founder of two media production companies, and an active sportsman.

Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink

Bestselling Author, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Daniel H. Pink is the author of six provocative books — including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and was named a best book of 2018 by Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads, and several more outlets. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 39 languages.

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day 1Sunday, September 15


Executive Coaching (90-minute sessions)

Pre-GILD Welcome Reception

day 2Monday, September 16

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Opening Remarks

Keynote: Richard Leider on Purpose

Coffee Break

Keynote Presentation: Engage

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching

Experiential Session with Music Paradigm


Learning Team Meeting

day 3Tuesday, September 17

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote Presentation: Innovate

Coffee Break

Keynote Presentation: Innovate & Achieve

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching

Keynote: Daniel Pink on Achieve


Learning Team Meeting

day 4Wednesday, September 18

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Mark Hannum on Become

Coffee Break

Keynote: Carla Harris on Become


Learning Team Meeting


Leadership Excursions

day 5Thursday, September 19

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote Presentation: Purposeful Leadership

Coffee Break

Keynote: Purposeful Leadership


Keynote Presentation: Purposeful Leadership

Coffee Break

Keynote: Nando Parrado on Purposeful Leadership

Learning Team Meeting


GILD Program tuition:

1–4 participants: $6,195/person
5–9 participants: $5,995/person
10+ participants: $5,795/person

Senior Executive Leadership Forum (SEL): $9,195/person

For other GILD customization pricing,
call +1.781.402.5555.

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Hotel Accommodations

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: +1.760.341.2211

Please note that the hotel charges are not included in the Institute registration fee. Institute participants should contact the hotel directly to arrange for accommodations. A limited block of rooms will be available at a special event rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make your reservation early.


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Enrollment Policy
  1. Payment: Full tuition must be received in US funds. Group reservations will be billed to the primary contact unless otherwise specified.
  2. Cancellation: A $350 administrative fee will be applied to any cancellation at any time. After August 2, 2019, cancellation of any and all registrations—including “no shows”—is subject to the full Institute fee. An organization may substitute one executive for another at any time at no charge.



What is a typical day at GILD like?
Each day of GILD will build on the previous day’s insights. You’ll be challenged to think differently by world-class thought leaders. You’ll receive feedback, including insight from your coach on how your colleagues perceive you as a leader. You’ll network with other global leaders and share your perspectives during your learning team sessions.


What’s the difference between GILD and a leadership conference?
There are many things that set GILD apart from typical leadership conferences—here are a few of the key differences:

  • Designed around a leadership competency model to ensure you're learning the most relevant content for your advancement
  • Provides a 360º assessment for real insight into your personal leadership strengths and development areas, as noted by yourself and your direct reports, managers, and colleagues
  • Personalized one-on-one leadership development coaching based on your assessment results and dialogue
  • Facilitated small-group learning sessions ("learning teams," see below) with peers who are benchmarked to ensure common leadership challenges and levels of experience
  • Ongoing learning and development resources provided by Linkage throughout the year


What is a learning team?
Learning teams are facilitator-led small groups (15-18 participants) that meet for two hours each day. During these sessions, participants discuss how to apply what they’re learning from the faculty to their daily work lives to become better leaders. Linkage organizes each learning team so that people with similar years of management experience, scope of responsibility, learning styles, and leadership challenges are grouped together.


Will I be in a learning team with colleagues from my organization?
Some organizations send a group of high-potential or senior leaders and choose to keep them together through the GILD experience (also referred to as an “intact team”), while others elect to have participants experience GILD as individual leaders, dispersed among various learning teams. Both experiences offer valuable benefits. Ultimately, this is a choice you and your organization will make.


How does the Purposeful Leadership™ 360º assessment work?
To complete the 360º component, you will nominate raters you would like to provide feedback (your manager, your direct reports, your peers, and others you believe would add valuable perspectives). Once you arrive at GILD, you and your coach will review your confidential assessment results—no one else receives the results unless you decide to share them. The assessment provides valuable insight on your leadership strengths and development areas. The Purposeful Leadership™ assessment is based on the Linkage proprietary leadership model and its related competencies.


How does leadership coaching work at GILD?
Your coach will help you to understand your assessment results, and to jointly craft your Individual Development Plan (IDP). Four to six weeks after GILD, you’ll reconnect virtually with your coach twice to discuss the implementation of your IDP, to monitor its progress, and to identify and/or modify next steps based on your current status.


What will a participant learn from the various faculty members?
Each GILD faculty member addresses one of the components of our leadership model. Though each session and faculty member varies, each will challenge you to think, behave and motivate others differently with tools related to their particular area of expertise and competency.


What is the Senior Executive Leadership Forum (SEL)?
The Senior Executive Leadership Forum is a four-day, strategic development program embedded within the Institute, exclusively for participants who are C-suite executives or successor candidates for C-suite within a one-year time horizon. The Leadership Forum facilitates small, peer group discussions to address leadership challenges common to senior level executives. Many of our Institute keynote faculty join in these private, executive discussions.


Is there a dress code at GILD?
The dress code is business casual. We suggest you bring comfortable shoes and dress in layers as each day’s program will move between rooms and the temperatures are likely to vary.


What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please notify us at if you have special dietary needs. Participants should also identify themselves to a member of the wait staff onsite at each meal.